February 2, 2012

Candidate Traits: Washington Experience Viewed Less Positively

25%

Just a quarter of Americans say they are more likely to support a presidential candidate who has been an elected official in Washington, D.C. for many years. This number has declined since 2007.

The public expresses mixed views of presidential candidates who have extensive Washington, D.C. experience — 26% say they would be more likely to support such a candidate, while about as many (25%) say they would be less likely. This is a change from 2007, when 35% of people said they would be more likely to support a candidate who has spent a long time in Washington; 15% said they would be less likely. Read More